Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 07/01/11

Game Eighty-Three: Cubs (34-48) vs. White Sox (40-42)
Game Time – 1:20pm CDT
Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Randy Wells (1-2, 6.25/1.64) vs. Edwin Jackson (4-6, 4.13/1.48)

Updated 12:18pm CDTCarlos Zambrano placed on the 15-day DL – Kerry Wood activated from 15-day DL

Updated – 12:47pm CDT – According to multiple reports, the Cubs are expected to add Ramon Ortiz to the 40-man roster to take Carlos Zambrano’s spot in the starting rotation.

It is game one of round two of the Crosstown Series …

The Cubs and White Sox will resume play this afternoon with the first of three on the North Side. The Sox took two of three last week at the Cell and one win will guarantee them at least a split in the season series … as well as the BP Cup for one more year.

The Cubs are looking to get over the three-game winning streak hump this afternoon. Today will be the Cubs’ ninth chance at a modest three game winning streak; Q’s squad is obviously the last team in the majors not to reach the simplest of tasks.

The White Sox, on the other hand, are coming off a series win in Colorado (two of three) and enter play this afternoon two games under .500 and four back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

Mike Quade is in need of a long outing from Randy Wells this afternoon. After Quade has to use all of his available pitchers Friday, with the exception of Chris Carpenter, today would be a great time for Wells to put together his best outing of the year.

And speaking of bullpen help, Kerry Wood tweeted Thursday that he would return from the DL prior to today’s game. The Cubs are expected to option Marcos Mateo to Triple-A Iowa in order to free up a spot for Wood on the active roster.

In other newsAndrew Cashner could begin playing catch as early as today which would be the first step in starting his second rehab of the season.

This series is the Cubs last against the AL this season. Q’s squad is 4-8 against the Junior Circuit with single wins in every series (Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, Royals).

Momentum is only as good as the next day’s starting pitcher … and this afternoon it all begins with Randy Wells.

Randy Wells is coming off another bad outing, one in which Wells himself labeled as embarrassing. Wells completed six innings of work last Saturday and gave up six runs on a season-high 10 hits. Four of those six runs came in the first inning and Wells did not give his team a chance in Kansas City.

As mentioned prior to his last start, Randy Wells needs to put together three very good months in order to have the possibility of keeping his starting job next season.

Randy Wells has not posted a win since his first start of the season and has not completed more than six innings in any of his starts this year.

Wells did not face the White Sox last week on the South Side and is 1-1 in two career starts versus the Sox with a 5.25 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP.

White Sox Career Numbers against Randy Wells

  • Gordon Beckham – 2-for-5
  • Ramon Castro – 0-for-3
  • Adam Dunn – 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and 2 walks
  • Paul Konerko – 2-for-6 with a double
  • Juan Pierre – 3-for-7 with a walk
  • A.J. Pierzynski – 3-for-3 with a double
  • Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-6
  • Alex Rios – 2-for-2 with a walk

The Cubs will get their first look at Edwin Jackson in a Sox uniform. The former Tiger and D’Back is coming off an impressive outing against the Washington Nationals … the team he was supposed to be dealt to last season. Jackson threw seven innings of shutout ball and allowed just five hits with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.

Jackson did not post a win in June but has thrown the ball extremely well. Jackson is 0-1 in his last four starts with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

Edwin Jackson has struggled outside of the Cell and is just 2-4 in seven road starts with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP.

Today will be Jackson’s fourth career start versus the Cubs. He is 0-2 in the first three with a 8.44 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP … 0-1 in one start at Wrigley with a 18.00 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP (eight runs on 11 hits in four innings).

Cubs Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Starlin Castro – 1-for-3
  • Blake DeWitt – 2-for-7
  • Kosuke Fukudome – 1-for-8 with a walk
  • Reed Johnson – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Luis Montanez – 0-for-2
  • Carlos Pena – 0-for-5 with 3 walks
  • Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-3
  • Alfonso Soriano – 4-for-9 with a double and a home run
  • Geovany Soto – 0-for-5 with 2 walks

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